It's a challenge for anyone to explain "PAPRIKA" in the same accessible manner they would most films, immediately after watching it. Sure, many "Japanime" films aren't inherently accessible to Western audiences, but "PAPRIKA" is more intentionally distant. Directed by the man responsible for the more accessible masterpiece, "MILLENNIUM ACTRESS," the plot to "PAPRIKA" involves a detective and scientists trying to find a missing assistant and a "Breakt-through" technological device allowing doctors (and potentially "others") to enter the dreams of patients! Things get confusing very fast, but the film moves at a gripping pace, and like "THE MATRIX," it's hard to stop and consider the flaws, when one's enjoying so much of what's up there on screen!
SONY has provided a 1080p/AVC MPEG-2 transfer with an aspect ratio that comes "close" to the stated 1.85:1 format. On our screen, we had some minor pillar-boxing, and this distracted viewers slightly. While there were some minor artifacts, colors are solid and bright. Contrast is excellent. The detail really stands out here, but it's a completely different look than the "pop off the screen" depth of a CGI-like film such as "RATATOUILLE."
SONY has provided a variety of Dolby TrueHD mixes for this release, in both the original Japanese and English(dubbed)formats. It's a great mix, with aggressive surrounds and bass effects. Dynamic range is outstanding, and the overall fidelity, creativity and engaging atmosphere, help make this "REFERENCE QUALITY" and one of the stand-out mixes of any BLU-RAY release this year!
In addition to a commentary(Japanese with subtitles), there are other extras, including: making of sequence, featurette, storyboards and more!